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Thursday 09 November - 13h34 | Ian Clayton
McLain Ward, Ian Millar, Shane Sweetnam, Beezie Madden, Tiffany Foster, Conor Swail… Just some of the recognizable names in a strong field at Wednesday evening’s $150,000 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Toronto qualifier.
But in the end, it was World No.1 Kent Farrington and his Olympic partner Voyeur who turned in a clinical performance on the night, capturing top honours in front of a packed crowd at the 95th Royal Winter Agricultural Fair in Canada. Video below. Hailing from the fellow Great Lakes city of Chicago, Farrington and his 15-year-old gelding came out on top of a 6-pair jump-off round, finishing clear in 35.51 seconds ahead of Sweetnam, Sharn Wordley, Madden, Millar and Swail respectively in the decisive round. Ward and his World Cup champion mount HH Azur incurred four faults and ended up outside the tiebreaker. Nevertheless, Ward remains in first place in the standings as he looks ahead to defending his Final title in April, 2018 in Paris. Full results are here. “Voyeur’s really been a career horse for me,” Farrington said after the win. “[Owners] the Nusz family have been long-term supporters of my career and bought Voyeur for me with the hope that he’d be a Champion horse for me. He has been—every bit of it and more. Tonight he really showed why he’s special.”“I think what you’re seeing is a horse that I know really well,” the World No.1 added. “I know his weak points, and I know his strengths. I’m very confident in him to do what he can do. My strategy was to put pressure on the last two so that they were really going to have to try. It’s a great partnership, and I hope he still has some more wins down the road also.”Toronto is the fifth leg of the Longines FEI World Cup circuit for the North American Eastern Sub-League, which started in Bromont, Quebec before heading to North Salem, New York, Washington, DC and Lexington, Kentucky. The next qualifier is in Wellington, Florida at the end of January. See video of the winning ride below, courtesy of the FEI.
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